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Certificate in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship with a Food Security/Agriculture Focus

The certificate in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship aims to give you the skills and knowledge needed to build and run a profitable and sustainable business in the food security or agriculture industries. It is a management short course that focuses on business and leadership skills.

What will you learn?

The certificate in agribusiness entrepreneurship is an entrepreneurship training programme.

The course is delivered online with full support from Agribusiness Academy. You will go through 10 modules that focus on important topics such as profitability, sustainability, digital trends in agriculture, marketing, distribution value chains, and agribusiness finances

This course is not a practical agriculture course, but is a management course that focuses on entrepreneurship skills for farmers and those involved in food supply companies.

Are you new to Agribusiness?

The Certificate in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship was designed to empower new entrepreneurs and those with agribusiness ideas who are not sure how to launch or open the business.

This course is perfect for you if you have no experience in agriculture/agribusiness and if you would like to know how to start your business, how to design sustainable distribution chains, how to make a profit, and many other important questions you must answer before you start.

Who is Agribusiness Academy?

Business School Netherlands and Agribusiness Academy have been working with each other for many years in providing quality and affordable agribusiness and food security-focused courses. Agribusiness Academy specializes in food trends, sustainability, distribution and value chains, agribusiness technologies, and entrepreneurship skills.

Further training is available from Agribusiness Academy once you have completed this course. For more information on Agribusiness Academy, please click here

Features of the Certificate in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship
  • Taught in English
  • Self-paced learning via the Agribusiness online student platform 
  • 10 modules focusing on important agribusiness skills and topics 
  • Gain valuable management and Agritech management skills
  • Part-time and online studying with a flexible timetable
  • A background in Agribusiness or food security would be an advantage but is not required
  • Stable internet and email access

The Certificate in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship is delivered online over 12 weeks through self-paced learning.

The recommended learning time per week is 3 – 5 hours

The Certificate in Agribusiness Entrepreneurship covers 10 modules:
  • 1: Global Agribusiness And Food Sustainability Trends
  • 2: Changing The Game Of Food
  • 3: Business Model Design – Developing A Value Proposition
  • 4: Business Model Design – Developing A Distribution Strategy
  • 5: Food Chain Design Analysis
  • 6: Path To Profitability In Agribusiness
  • 7: Develop A Business Model For A Snack Manufacturer
  • 8: Agribusiness Finance
  • 9: Beyond Big Data – The Case Of Digital Agriculture
  • 10: The Dynamics Of Digital Agriculture


Start Dates
  • 16 February 2022 
  • 20 April 2022
  • 22 June 2022
  • 24 August 2022
  • 19 October 2022
Course Fees

$USD 299 once-off, or

$USD 110 x 3 months


For African applicants:

$USD 199 once-off, or

$USD 70 x 3 months

The Agribusiness Entrepreneurship certificate has been developed by experts who are widely recognized thought leaders, educators, researchers, and entrepreneurs in the field of agribusiness and food security management.

On-Location Facilitators

BSN-Tutor-Vijayender-NallaDr. Vijayender Nalla – Program Lead
Vijayender is the founder and managing director of Agribusiness Academy. Agribusiness Academy provides on-demand training for professionals and students in food and agribusiness. Before taking up entrepreneurship in 2009, he worked at Nyenrode Business University, the Netherlands, and the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India. Over the course of his entrepreneurial journey, he has worked on several disruptive food chain projects in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has been publishing, training and coaching on a range of topics that include, building robust food value chains of the future, go-to-market strategies, technology choice strategies, and frameworks for addressing food security. He has a Ph.D. in supply chain management from Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands.
Connect with Dr. Vijayender here

Dr. David HughesDr-David-Hughes is a popular speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues. He specializes in consumer and retail food trends. 

David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents.

He was a Non-Executive Director for 20 years at Berry Gardens Ltd – a U.K. farmer-owned berry fruit business (£230 million turnovers in 2015). With his American business partner, David established, grew, and sold a branded fresh produce business that served supermarkets in the USA. David works with food and beverage supply chain companies – including farm input, growers, manufacturers and ingredient companies, retailers, and foodservice firms – to assist them in management training, strategy, and Board level decision-making. David’s views are frequently sought by TV, radio, and the printed press.

Pierre van der Merwe

Pierre van der Merwe
Programme Advisor
E-mail: pierre@bsn.co.za

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